Supercars is launching an Australian esports tournament for Forza Motorsport

Matt Sayer 8 September 2017

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Winners will score a free trip to Bathurst 1000.

Supercars, the Aussie organisation responsible for the V8 Supercars races, has announced it's launching an Australia-wide esports competition to celebrate this year's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Starting this month and continuing through October, the Harvey Norman Supercars Forza Challenge will take place in Forza Motorsport 6 as a custom challenge open to anyone who wants to register. The race itself will take place on Mount Panorama, and the eight fastest racers will score themselves a trip to Bathurst 1000.

At Bathurst, those eight racers will team up with Supercars pros like Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert and Nick Percat to compete in a climactic All-Stars Challenge. They'll then move onto the finals, which will take the form of a ten-race championship played in Forza Motorsport 7, which releases just days before Bathurst kicks off. This event will be streamed live on the Supercars website and the Fox Sports website as well as through Supercars partners internationally.

Supercars CEO, James Warburton, sees this competition as the first of many, with the potential to expand beyond Australia into the global esports scene.

"This e-sports initiative is an exciting opportunity to showcase Supercars and further our fan engagement, representing a significant growth market for our teams and partners," he said. "The synergy and popularity of racing games and the sport of Supercars means that an e-Sports Championship in 2018 will become a natural extension of our product offering."

If you're interested in signing up for the Harvey Norman Supercars Forza Challenge, you can do so on the Supercars website.

Forza Motorsport 7 is due for release on Xbox One and PC on 3 October.


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